Fun on ice

4-H members enjoy a reel good ice fishing experience learning at second annual 4-H Youth Ice Fishing Invitational
by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


THE SECOND ANNUAL Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Ice Fishing Invitational was recently held at Random Lake. It was a day of learning the basics of ice fishing intertwined with a lot of fun. Photos by Kristen Rauch, Ourtown Orioles 4-H Club THE SECOND ANNUAL Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Ice Fishing Invitational was recently held at Random Lake. It was a day of learning the basics of ice fishing intertwined with a lot of fun. Photos by Kristen Rauch, Ourtown Orioles 4-H Club The second annual Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Ice Fishing Invitational was recently held at Random Lake.

It was a day of learning intertwined with a lot of fun. The outing was organized by Chuck Strysick, countywide 4-H fishing leader, but it took a host of others to make the event a success.

“I did put this program together myself,” said Strysick. “I am the Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Fishing leader-instructor. This was my second annual Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Ice Fishing Program.

“I have been with 4-H for eight years,” continued Strysick. “I am also the fishing leader for the Ourtown Orioles, 4-H Club a member of Muskies Inc. and their youth director and a member of the Johnsonville Rod and Gun Club.”

There were six stations set up with each one having a different focus on learning specific steps to being a successful ice fisherman and complimenting the fishing experience.

Station 1- Ice hole drilling, with Jiffy Power Drills, Jiffy and Frabill- Plano Hand Augers. Participants learned how to clean out the ice holes with Jiffy ice skimmers.

Station 2- View the under ice world off fish structure and habitat with an Aqua- View Underwater Camera System.

Station 3- Learn how to jig fish with Captain Pat Kalmerton from Frabill-Plano’s Pro Staff, and Wolfpack Adventures.

Kalmerton dialed the group into the Newest Frabill Plano jigging rods and showed his secret tricks to catching fish.

Kalmerton has been on a number of Midwest outdoors ice fishing shows, and is one of the best pan fishing experts in the state.

Station 4- Learn how to use Hummingbird electronics. This station complimented jig fishing.

Participants watched the graph to see the fish rise up to and strike the jig. The units told participants where the fish were located in the water column.

Station 5- Learn how to set up a Frabill-Plano tip up. Captain Pat and the Wolfpack showed the different tip ups they use to target different species of fish and weather conditions.

Station 6- Visit the Wolfpack Adventures Education Trailer. This trailer is a walk thru for proper fish ID, fishing rules, open questions, viewing ice fishing equipment and ice fishing programs.

Frabill-Plan ice fishing houses were set up to fish from.

There is comfort on ice, as Strysick stated, and he wanted the participants to experience it.

If the participants had ice fishing equipment, they were encouraged to bring it along. If they didn’t have equipment, they were not to worry because some was provided for them to use for the program.

Event sponsors included Old Wisconsin, Aramark Food Service, Aqua- Vi e w, Berkley, Custom Jig and Spins, Frabill- Plano, Humminbird, Jiffy Ice Drills, Northland Tackle, Torke Coffee, Yamaha, Between the Lakes Chapter of Muskies Inc., Johnsonville Rod and Gun Club, Sheboygan County Conservation Association, Random Lake Rod and Gun Club, Mike Scholler, Jim Scholler, Wolf Pack Adventures.

Additional support was provided by the Johnsonville Rod and Gun Club, Between the Lakes Chapter of Muskies Inc., Sheboygan County Conservation Association and Wolf Pack Adventures.


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